Maudite | Unibroue

4,594 Ratings

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ploobs
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a 4-pack of bottles from a local store.

A: I have to agree with the previous reviewer, pours the color of a dark-brewed iced tea, with amply white head and somewhat thicker lacing on the glass.

S: I get an citrus and almost floral aroma, very pleasant nose.

T: Very bright at the start, not as full-bodied as I had hoped, but has a pleasant well-roundedness. Little to no aftertaste.

M: Light in the mouth, refreshing.

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Photo of Brunite
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very light brown...similar to an iced tea color. Hazy. TONS of carbonation stream up the side of a tulip glass. A nice head is maintained due to carbonation.

Smell: The aromas are predominately floral. That distinctive Unibroue yeast. Some sweet malt is detected.

Taste: Taste is fruit and spice. I get a lot of spiced apple flavor. Also some green grape. Just a touch of white pepper. A bit of sweetness on the back end before a dry finish. Simple and complex at the same time.

Mouthfeel: It has tons of carbonation and a quick swirl freshens the head.Smooth....almost creamy. It has a dry finish.

Overall: Alcohol is well hidden. This goes down easy. Very nice. Will drink this again.

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Photo of heebes
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
6 pack bought at the Beer Store.
From notes;

Pours a semi-cloudy dark brown with ruby highlights, thin beige head dissipates quickly, lacing down the tulip. Nose is spices, dark fruits, Belgian yeast auromas. Taste is very smooth, balanced well and the dark fruits and spice dominate the flavour. Medium bodied and well carbonated. One of the better Belgian Strong Dark Ale's I've encountered. The abv hits at a certain 2/3rds through the beer, one bottle is my limit for a session including Maudite. Good readily available Belgian, though not my favourite style and this 6 pack will likely last awhile.

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Photo of Sudsy89
2.48/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours an orangeish-brown,has a big foamy thick head, high level of carbonation. I noticed some yeast sediment, from the bottle refermentation noted on the back label. Looks kinda muddy and unappetizing. Aroma is spicy, sweet perhaps.

Noticeable alcohol taste, unappealing acidic and sour taste, carbonation is too much IMO. Medium-bodied mouthfeel.

I think this beer was very disappointing and didn't enjoy the taste. The 8% abv seems strong and makes it less drinkable for me, and I didn't even finish the bottle. I don't know if this beer is a good example of the style but I won't drink it again.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/cherrywood color - very clear - with 3 full fingers of creamy head. The head dissipates to lacing a little too quickly.

The aroma is pure Belgian yeastiness. A little more of it, though, would have been nicer.

The flavor is also very big on Belgian yeastiness. Some fruitiness as well and a little too much alcohol. There's also a little tartness that I'm having trouble placing.

The feel is a little bit disappointing. It's a little too thin/watery and the carbonation is a bit too prickly.

Easy enough to drink but the alcohol is enough at the forefront to make sure that I wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Strong Dark Ales but I always want to try everything and since this beer is so ubiquitous I had to have a glass of it. Got a 12 ounce selection at the Amsterdam Ale House.

The color was very dark with a mahogany/cherry look that was very nice and appetizing.

Aroma had a lot of the classic belgian strong dark characteristics including dark fruit, a little bit of roast and some yeast.

Flavor was a little bit strong on the malt, which may be the reason I don't like this style. I kept wanting the alcohol and maybe even some hops to balance it a little bit.

I enjoyed this beer but didn't love it. I think, as an 8% beer however, this is a very drinkable example of the style.

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a glass like so many others. It did not have a lot of head. The beer is a deep amber, but looks like a very traditional beer. It smells sweet and rich at the same time. The first taste gives a lot of flavor of apricots. A very smooth beer with a lot of flavor. Easy beer to drink, but it does not lack on the deep layers of flavor. It would be a great beer for almost any occasion. Cheers.

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Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brownish red with a fluffy white foam.

Aroma is spicy and yeasty..some fruitiness too.

Taste is very well spiced, yeasty, and of fruits..pretty much follows the aroma spot on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tingling on the carbonation. Dry. Sort of like a champagne. Drinkability is good as well.

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Photo of mpyle
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App - Nice amber color, paler than I expected. Great clarity. Poured a decent sized head that dispersed pretty quickly.

Smell - good Belgian peppery yeast smell, a touch of malty sweetness, maybe some cinnamon. No hop, alcohol well hidden.

Taste - Spicy pepper character from aroma most prominent in the flavor as well. A slightly thin and cidery, almost acidic flavor competes with the yeast.

MF - Fairly light body for the strength, and moderately high carbonation. Carbonation gives it a bit of bite on the tongue. Alcohol warming and carbonation combine to enhance the warming going down. Alcohol character is well controlled.

D'ability - A bit bland to my palate, and not a favorite for me among the Unibroue family. Carbonation a bit overwhelming to me, but I may have let it warm up too long.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.2/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - It pours a lighter brown hue, translucent, perhaps akin to iced tea. It is capped with a big ivory head that quickly retreats and leaves no lace. Though tidy, it does not project a proper BSDA appearance.

S - This beer is very yeasty and very dry in its aromatic impression. I am informed by a dude at the bar posing as a knowledgable fellow that the reason for this is "because it is 'on lees'". What a douche. Anyhow, a good amount of cloves, red apple and grape skins are implied through the nose; there is also a less-than-pleasant aroma of seemingly underroasted grain, Ovaltine, and/or Grape-Nuts.

T - The taste is more spicy-phenolic than the nose would suggest. There is an appreciable dark fruit character, suggesting less-sweet figs, raisins and papaya (not dark fruit obv.) Unfortunately the fruit flavor is not quite sweet enough and as a result the whole thing ends up more wheat-y tasting like a mediocre Weizenbock. As I get deeper in the glass, the Weizenbock comparison is strengthened: the flavor seems to be a cardboard-y malt, cloves and coriander, two-week-old Fig Newtons, all topped off with a hint of isopropyl.

M - Too thin and just wrong all-around.

D - Jeez this stuff sucks. Unibroue makes some pretty horrendous beers, with a few notable exceptions.

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Photo of Jules11788
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter

A: Rich, clear, dark amber color; pours a light two-finger-width head which dissipates quickly; light lacing

S: Has a strong tart/herby smell, reminiscent of a good trippel

T: Light and sweet with a strong herby character up front and slight tart notes at the back of the mouth

M: Lightly effervescent with medium carbonation; light bodied

D: This goes down very, very easily; at 8% it feels more like 4%, I could drink this all night and not feel filled up

Overall a good brew. Nothing that terribly impressed me, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
If you like abbey trippels then you will really like this.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review three of four for the night.

Pours a nice honey color into a Fin Du Monde tulip, couldn't find my Maudite snifter. A two finger bready head tops and then slowly dissipates into a thin lace.

Smells of bread and some light fruit. A sip is that bread and the caramels in the malt profile. Some thinness mid-sip but a solid carbonation rounds out a perfectly tasty Belgian. Not as dark as the description would lend, but another solid Unibroue year-rounder at a good price.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: murky brown with 2 finger off white head

Smell: sour, dark fruits

Taste: sour, interesting flavors

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, sticky,

drinkability: after it warms up a bit, it becomes easier to drink.



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Photo of gabedivision
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Duvel Tulips glass.

A- Pours a Deep orange/red, giving it an almost plum color, with a thick head of fluffy white, that plays well around the glass.

S- Alcohol, thick bready yeast, figs, raisins, and sweet dose of chocolates and spice's and malts.

T- Fruit, spice, sweet, sour, hops malts. This is just a rollercoaster of taste the swims in your mouth. Excellent.

M- Dry and sugary. Light to medium bodied though feels full on certain sips.

D- With out a doubt this has incredible drinkability. This is a fine Belgian style beer that doubles as an outstanding wine substitute.

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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with moderate cap of khaki colored head, decent retention and nice rings of lace at the top of the glass. Scent is big on the carmel and fresh yeasty bread, very pastry like, notes of watery fruit and some light roasted nut. Taste was not as sweet as expected, instead the taste of dark baked white bread is about even with the sweet carmel notes, again watery dark fruit and roasted nuts present. Medium bodied, lighter carbonation for bottle conditioned. A nice beer that doesnt overdo the sweetness but maintains a big malt profile.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, the beer has a hazy, ruby-brown coloring with a thin layer of dense bubbled foam that starts around an inch thick and quickly recedes to a filmy covering. Aromas are fantastic! Good, sweet blending of caramel malty notes, with a great balance of pretty strong coriander characteristics. Also some hints of dark fruit sweetness buried in the smells. The beer is initially very light on the tongue, and quickly unfolds to a crisp, spicy-malt blend that is a little roasty/toasty sweet, while at the same time slightly sour with a heavy undertone of coriander and nutmeg spice. The lightness of the body does a good job to keep the flavors from being overpowering. The beer transitions to a slightly sour and spiced aftertaste, and a moderately lingering finish. It definitely doesn't let you forget what you are drinking, and makes a great sipping beer. The body, despite being light, reveals a decent lacing on the glass as you get towards the bottom, also. Impressive. A little lighter and bubbly than my preference for the style, but impressive nonetheless.

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Photo of videofrog
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. First review of a beer.

A: Deep red brown. 1 finger head.

S: Floral Hops, Fruitiness, cinnamon.

T: Reminded me of Chimay Blue, as best as I can remember - nice and malty; it's been a few years. Complex flavors hit different spots on the tongue.

M: Great carbonation; tingly mouthfeel that lasted.

D: Great sipping beer; high ABV hid well with good balance of flavor. Could have easily finished my entire 4-pk.

Overall, I loved it. My wife, who is more of a wine drinker, enjoyed it as well. I'm cellaring one of the 4 for a year and can't wait to see how it turns out. Don't think I'll be patient enough to wait until the best before: 03-13-13 date.

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep red brown. Thin head, some swirling on top.

S: Cinnamon, cloves, apricot, yeasty fruitiness

T: I'm not crazy about the taste , it tastes like sea water, cranberries, very salty, a bit thin and metallic. Interesting but not my thing.

M: Sharply carbonated , grainy, champagne like finish.

D: I will finish the bottle slowly, but wouldn't like to have much more than one 12ouncer in a row.

I think this is an interesting and well made beer but just not really my style. I tried to rate it as objectively as possible as I am a novice to this style.

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Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man, the Top 100 done gone and changed again! Need to get back to 100/100, so here goes a review transcribed from prior RB notes.

750ml bottle from BevMo.

Deep reddish-brown appearance with a lasting off-white head.

Aroma is yeasty with candi sugar, sweet malt, and dark fruits.

Flavor is more of the same, very intense and complex. Well-spiced.

Smooth, full mouthfeel and a long finish.

Nice Belgian strong ale. One I will most surely revisit even though I am a ticker.

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Photo of Luk13
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pretty red-brown pour with an off white head. Lots of cinnamon and cloves in the aroma combined with some plums and malt. Pretty high carbonation, prickly mouthfeel that is a bit clear for the strong alcohol presence. Taste is very sweet/fruity and spicy. I prefer this one with a little bit of age on it as the carbonation gets softer and the flavors more polished.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a burgundy brown with a slight hint of red. One finger of head with absolutely awesome lacing. Looks a bit musty with more of a brown tone than red.

Smell - Very heavy toasted malts. Smells like sparkling dark fruits, more like a carbonated drink.

Taste - Extraordinarily malty with a bitter swallow. A very fruity feel on the tongue. Unibroue has a signature taste to all of its beers, and this has that signature taste to the end of it. A slight nutty finish that is a bit sour. Cherry fruit tastes.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Fairly full bodied. Quite a delicious flavor with cherry fruits in it. Easily drinkable. This is one of my top favorite beers. I've had it several times bottled, but this was my first time having it on tap.

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Photo of nosurrender23
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grade for the group = B- .

"Deceptive like the name - but too fruity for others."

First, the beer pours with about a finger of head and is deep brown in color. The head of the beer leaves rings on the glass as you drink it. One described the looks of the beer as being "Harriet Tubman's piss?"

After whiffing the beer, one gets a fruity, yeasty, spicy nutmeg Belgian smell that kind of reminds you of old apple juice or cider.

In the mouth, the beer has a powerful - heavy, slight carbonation that is "emotional" or "like heaven in one's mouth."

While drinking the beer, one notices that it has a long finish but is smooth for an 8% beer and contains several layers of complexity that is tricky but tasty but comes "up a little short just as the French fur traders venture in Canadian colonialism" or is "at first sharp, but then nothing like Jason, has a strong Belgian taste that is sweeter on the vine."

Finally, the taste is layered and complex with layers of fruit such as banana with cloves mixed in that is similar in taste to spiced apple cider that is clean and crisp like an apple and goes well with toasted cheese.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber color with nice carbination and bubbles. The thing that stuck out to me was the stubborn and resiliant head on this beer

S - I smelled the yeast strongly in this beer. It was joined by alchohol and some fruity citrus notes.

T - The best part of this dark belgium. This beer is so complex. At first I tasted fruit and malt. Then the beer was tart and peppery. The hoppiness of this beer made it well rounded and made each sip a different experience.

M - Very crisp beer and rather refreshing considering its heavy nature.

D - This is a very drinkable beer - 'Then why did you give it a 3.5?' because I feel this beer is so complex that you need to drink it slow and think about the sips. Enjoy this but do not over-do your palat!

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Photo of MrWinky
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours deep amber...kinda like a light, and more red than purple, wine but with a nice off-white head.

S. You definitely get some alcohol on the nose. A bit a grape with malt and yeast.

T. The taste follows the nose for sure. Some light spice and grape...alcohol, light malt and yeast.

M. Tastes heavier than it is...for a deep beer its light on the palate. Medium body and finishes dry.

D. Good beer but only for one or two at a time. Great beer for fall and winter

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" head which took a while to dissipate. Interesting hazy apricot tea color. Smell is definitely Belgian style with rich malt, raisins, rice, and taste that mirrors it. Very smooth and easy drinking just as the bottle and store bragged. Nice tart zing with a long finish. Once again very high quality thoroughly enjoyable beer from Unibroue.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,594 ratings.
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